WGBH TV on the Radio

Aaron Read friedbagels@gmail.com
Sat Nov 28 23:04:45 EST 2009

One thing worth keeping in mind, the options for mid-afternoon (12n to
4pm) programming are surprising slim in the NPR news/talk realm.
There's basically: Fresh Air, Here & Now and Talk of the Nation.  If
you don't mind a little delay, there's also Democracy Now and Tell Me
More.  Or maybe toss in an hour or two of the BBC World Service.

WBUR already airs Fresh Air, H&N and TOTN, and I suspect DN! would
alienate more WGBH listeners than it would attract (especially since
WZBC already has it on at 12n anyways).  So that leaves Tell Me More,
which is a good show but is still just one hour.

Admittedly, they COULD also go the "blue plate lunch special"
approach, where you air a different once-a-week show at a given time
each day.  I know a lot of stations that do that, WEOS included, and I
care for the approach...generally it doesn't go over all that well
with listeners, either.  Actually, I'm a little disappointed they
didn't try to do a local talk show.  Nothing as fancy as On Point,
just a host and maybe a producer or two...more like Brudnoy than
Ashbrook.   A locally-focused talk show is something long lacking in
the Boston pubradio market.

Aaron Read
WEOS 89.7FM General Manager
(315) 781-3811

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